Our characters can’t always be right. They can’t always succeed, or our stories would be only a few pages in length. They have to fail, sometimes over and over, and deal with the consequences—and emotions—that come with failure. So, again … Continue reading
Still in the theme of Halloween and weird, scary stuff, this prompt will make you work for your ideas. Just what is happening here? Is it real, or??? I’d never before seen time run backwards.
Here’s another suspense-filled opening to sink your teeth into. Just what is happening here? Set your timer for 15 minutes and write: It was the gun she held that convinced me she was serious.
The completely strange and foreign can serve as a spark for story ideas. Even if you never want to write science fiction or fantasy, venturing out into the genre can help your imagination soar when you return to what you … Continue reading
I thought of my son (whose birthday is tomorrow) and his little BMW when I wrote this. It set my mind spinning. Does it do the same for you? What was it about the car? Whose car was it? And … Continue reading
Lists can jump-start our creativity, so here’s an opening that incorporates the beginning of a list. It’s up to you to discover the rest of the list, as your story unfolds. Set that timer and begin to write! First, identify … Continue reading
Stretch something out of the ordinary and it gives us great fodder for our imaginations to chew on. Here’s a little twist that will keep you occupied for the next 10 or 15 minutes. And let me know, what was … Continue reading
Another Hump-Day original opening. This one should give your imagination plenty of room. What is happening here? What needs to be done, and why does the other person need to go away? What will you come up with today? If … Continue reading
Some openings seem to point to a mystery beginning to unravel. But is that always true? Suspense doesn’t always mean danger and mystery. Where will this opening lead you? Into mystery, into darkness, or to a totally different genre? A … Continue reading
Sometimes it take only a few words to engage our imaginations. This one might seem like there’s little to it, but once you start writing you might just be surprised by what comes out. Set that timer, and start! To … Continue reading